Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Math Progress

I wanted to do so many fun things with math this year – measuring, weighing, learning about volume… but we’ve been pretty much focused on counting as well as simple addition and subtraction.  (M does have a tape measure and loves to “measure” things in his own way, haha – but we haven’t done anything along those lines together in some time.)

He’s interested in counting as much as he can, and he is always trying to think of the “highest number possible”. ;)  Infinity is a bit beyond his grasp at this point, I think. ;)  So, following his interest, we’ve been counting.  And counting.  And counting some more. ;)  There is plenty of time to worry about all that other stuff!

He loves this hundreds chart I made for him:100s chart As you can see, it begins with 0 and ends with 99.  It just made more sense to both of us to have each row of numbers begin with 10, 20, 30, etc.  M loves to count these out, just moving his finger along.  When he gets to the end, he flips it over and  yells:100s chart

This is laminated, and we’ve played around with it a bit, finding certain numbers and coloring them in with a dry erase marker, to make designs: hundred's chart

There are many printable hundreds charts that you can find online; if you want to use ours, it’s available here (this one uses red for odd numbers and blue for even numbers).

I found this fantastic dot-to-dot book on Amazon:

Each picture goes to 100, and M LOVES these.  The pages are printed on high quality paper (not newsprint!), and perforated.  This is, without doubt, the best dot-to-dot book I’ve seen – if your child is ready to count, or learn to count, to 100.  We do several each week.  M would do several each day, if I’d let him!  It has been a great way to practice number order and number recognition! DTD 1



And we’ve been playing lots of games – M’s new favorite is War: playing war with daddyThis has been good for practicing number value and “more or less”; and it’s just good fun. :)  We also play a lot of UNO, mancala, Chutes and Ladders, and Slap Jack. :)

Oh how I love being able to stay at home with my sweet boy, taking things slow and just having fun together!  It is such a privilege and a blessing to watch him learn and grow!!

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. we are getting ready to start working on counting to 100 so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I need to find more dot to dots for my kiddos.

  3. Nicole, Your blog is such a blessing to me and my family. I have drawn such inspiration from you and your creativity, especially for the Lenten/Easter season. May you feel a return of the blessings you give! Thank you so much.


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